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Vegan Jerky – More Recipes

Following up to the  previous post  on making vegan jerky is a recap of some of the more widely published vegan jerky recipes:

 

 

Other Vegan Recipes

Aside from the standard 8 non-meat ingredients most commonly used in making vegan jerky, i.e., eggplant, jackfruit, tofu, portabella mushroom, cauliflower, watermelon, pumpkin, and tempeh, the following two recipes use wheat and vegan-meat.  According to the wheat recipe, you’ll need to use a dehydrator for this one.

 

More recipes using the standard ingredients:

 

Vegan Jerky

Vegetarian? Not a problem, there’s a jerky for you.   Good thing, there’s a wide variety of ready-to-eat vegan jerky products on the market .  For more information on retail vegan jerky, visit  Vegan jerky  on Amazon.

But for those who like homemade jerky, below is a brief overview of vegetarian jerky.

Main Ingredient

There were two primary main (protein) ingredients for making vegan jerky that kept popping up: [1]

  1. Tempeh – an Indonesian product made into a cake from fermented soybeans. [2]
  2. Tofu (Firm Block) – sometimes called ‘bean curd’ this product is made from coagulating soy milk. It is pressed into soft, firm or very firm blocks. For making jerky you want ‘firm’.

 

 

We did come across some other vegan recipes that contained different products such as:

  • Shitake Mushrooms
  • Eggplant
  • Oatmeal

 

Seasonings

The seasonings for making vegan jerky varied widely and can be almost anything you like but some recommended seasoning – and ones that we kept seeing were:

  • Mesquite Powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt (adds flavor & helps with drying)
  • Hot Sauce
  • Brown Sugar

 

Making Vegan Jerky

The list is general observations.  The links to recipes – following –  will give more in-depth directions.   The process for making homemade jerky will depend on what ‘vegetable’ product you are using to make the jerky.

  • Slice the tempeh/tofu into your preference of slice size. Don’t forget, the thicker the slice, the longer to dehydrate.
  • Flavor/season with selected spices, etc. and marinate overnight
  • Dry like you would regular meat jerky

The drying part can be a little tricky. If using a dehydrator: drying time typically will take 6-8 hours. An oven will take less time. However, you do not want the jerky to reach 250 degrees. This tends to cook it not dry it.  Most of the research we read indicated that drying in the oven will result in a jerky that is crispier and not so chewy.  Again, goes to personal taste.

 

 

 

Recipes

The following are some recipes we found that looked like they would be tasty:

Tofu Jerky using liquid smoke, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and brown sugar – Get recipe

Tofu Jerky using vinegar hot sauce, soy sauce, honey, garlic salt –  Get recipe

For the adventurous ones out there, this is the link to making jerky from  mushrooms, eggplant, and oatmeal – Get recipe

Not wild enough? How about making jerky from Jackfruit? Cauliflower? Watermelon? or Pumpkin?  –  Get recipes

 

 

 

 

 

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempeh
[2] http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/how-to-make-your-own-vegan-jerky/

 

Jerky Guns – Comparison

Jerky sticks (round and flat) are one of the most popular jerky treats to make.   As we like to say  . . . they’re ‘easy eaters’ – and you can use just about any ground meat – or leftover meats ground up –  to make them.

 

While they can be made by hand, having a dedicated jerky gun is by far the easiest way to ensure consistency – which of course, means better, more even dehydrating.

 

There are a lot of jerky guns out there ranging in size, quality and cost. So, if you’re not sure which jerky gun to buy consider the following:

 

  • Will you be making just jerky or do you want to use the gun for making sausage . . . now or in the future?
  • Frequency – how often do you plan on making jerky? How much use will the gun get?
  • How sturdy do you want the equipment, i.e., plastic vs. metal?
  • How much ground meat do you want the gun to hold at one time?

 

We’ve taken a look at some of the top jerky guns and given a breakdown below of various features. Note: The information has been taken from the item’s Amazon page, to read more about each item or get a price, click on the image.

 
LEM Products Jerky Cannon

  • Holds 1-1/2 lbs. meat
  • Construction: Anodized aluminum & plastic
  • Comes with flat & round nozzles
  • Comes with cleaning brush

 

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LEM Products Jerky Gun

  • Holds 3/4 lb. meat
  • Construction: Plastic & some metal
  • Comes with flat & round nozzles

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Weston Original Jerky Gun

  • Holds 1-1/2 lbs. meat
  • Construction: Aluminum
  • Comes with 4 nozzles
  • Comes with cleaning brush

 

 

 

 

 

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Eastman Outdoors 38257 Jerky and Sausage Maker Kit

  • Holds less than 1 lb. meat
  • Construction: ‘Heavy duty materials”
  • Comes with 2 jerky nozzles
  • Comes with 3 sausage tubes

 

 

 

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To see what others have to say about each item, visit the item’s Amazon page by clicking on the image.    Still not sure?  Check out the ‘Questions Answered’ for each item.  Chances are your question may have  already been asked.  And if not, you can ask a question and have it answered by previous purchasers.

 

Check back next time when we’re taking a look at vegan-jerky!